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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Fat Loss Program in Pleasanton - Done in 5 Fitness - Episode 15

This fat loss program in Pleasanton will get you the long term results you want without going to the gym.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Effects Of Nicotine On Fitness

Nicotine is a chemical that is a component of tobacco. Tobacco products that are chewed produce the same physiological effects as smoking because nicotine is water soluble and can be absorbed through the skin.

We all know (or we should know) that smoking is not good for your health or the health of people around you but most of us do not know what the effects of nicotine and fitness, how endurance and nicotine are related, or much about smokers fitness.

If you go to the gym, walk, run, or play team sports you have seen people who smoke before and after a workout or a game. You may have seen people who use smokeless tobacco products during exercise. If you play team sports you might have noticed some of the effects of nicotine and fitness on your team members who smoke or use tobacco in other forms.

People who are really into fitness usually assume that nicotine and fitness just do not go together. However, nicotine does produce some temporary effects that enhance athletic performance in the short term. These short term effects do not outweigh the detrimental effects that long term use of tobacco has on a person’s overall health or the increased chances of having cancer.

Nicotine does produce short term chemical stimulation that produces energy bursts. The temporary energy shot may last as long as two hours but the chemical reactions that produce the extra energy also suppress the body’s natural production of pain relieving and sleep inducing enzymes. Nicotine also produces fat reduction through the dopamine reward system.

Recent research has demonstrated that smokers fitness is enhanced by any form of exercise and that smokers who do participate in regular exercise have a lower risk of having cancer than people who smoke and do not exercise. A regular strenuous fitness routine was also found to benefit smoker's ability to avoid common diseases like colds and the flu. Smokers fitness is not complimented by the other damage smoking does to your body or the risk of having lung cancer, throat cancer, or mouth cancer.

Endurance and nicotine just do not go together. Smokers fitness is reduced by an increased and long term shortness of breath caused by smoking. Smokeless tobacco and nicotine supplements are also detrimental to smokers fitness because nicotine increases your heart rate but that heart rate increase does not result in increased stamina.

Smokers fitness would be best enhanced by giving up the habit completely. The substitution of nicotine replacement gums for cigarettes does not remove the harmful effects of nicotine. Real fitness should allow the natural chemical systems of the body to do their work without the harmful stimulation of nicotine in any form.

Monday, May 21, 2012

The Truth About Running & Stress

Whenever you go outside, you see people running around for exercise. It’s a great way to get the adrenaline rushing and you can certainly stay in shape when you’re running on a routine basis. The downside, however, is that it can cause a significant amount of stress on the bones and joints of your body.

Doctors have said that one of the most traumatic things you can do to your body is run. This is because of the sheer force that runs through your body every time your foot makes contact with the concrete. As long as you’re wearing comfortable shoes, doing your stretches and practicing proper breathing techniques throughout the run, you can usually avoid many injuries.

However, as you get older, you are more susceptible to injuries. As you exercise, whether it’s a run, bike ride or anything else, your joints aren’t what they used to be. It’s possible that you will sustain injuries in your ankle or knee joints simply because your body is no longer equipped with the same flexibility as it once was.

If you suffer from any kind of illness, it can start to take a toll on your body. Osteoporosis will affect your bone density if you continue running after a diagnosis such as this, you will likely sustain serious injuries. This could include such things as a broken ankle, shin splints or something even more serious.

Most likely, you exercise to stay in fit and relieve stress. This is great. You don’t want to stop being physically active just because you’ve got an illness or because you’re getting older. But it does mean that you should consider altering your exercise to relieve some of the stress in your joints. This means switching to a bike or an elliptical machine where you are removing so much of the trauma that goes through your body.

Stress fractures are common for runners. What may be a sore muscle or stiffness can actually be coming from the bone below the muscle that is causing you problems. If you let it go undiagnosed, it’s going to become a complete fracture. With more exercise of the muscles in the lower leg and feet, you can help to reduce the chance for fractures.

The next time you’re thinking about going outside for a run, think about what you could be doing to your body. There are tons of different ways to get your exercise without damaging your body in the process. After all, you work out to be healthy – if you’re doing more damage than good, it’s not producing the result you want. A jog, a bike ride or a few miles on an elliptical will relieve your mental stress and prevent joint stress, too.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Personal Fitness Trainer in Pleasanton - Done in 5 Fitness - Episode 10

The Meal Snap App Review

We are living in a world where technology is simply running everything. Everyone has a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet of some kind. Seeing as how technology and electronics will only advance, there is demand to keep up with them now.

If you have an iPhone which is one of the most popular smartphones ever sold, then you know there is an app for everything. Some of the apps are free, whereas other can cost a few dollars. All depending upon what it is, that you are purchasing and if there is a free version available.

And as we are also living in a time where cooking family dinners, has been replaced by eating take out food. Some people are definitely trying to lose weight. There is an app for that available on the iPhone. The app is called Meal Snap, it is easy meal tracking that will inevitably lead to weight loss. You take a picture of the meal, and it simply counts your calories for you. It is a very easy way to begin leading a healthier lifestyle.

The app costs $2.99 from the app store, and you can make specifications about each meal after snapping the picture. It will have a category for snacks and for meals as well. And at the end of the day the amount of calories you have consumed will be tallied up and given to you. Aside from being able to count your calories, it will also be able to tell you what exactly is in your food as well.

This particular app is very helpful to anyone who wants to start a weight loss journey. It's a great way to involve something that's a constant in our lives which is technology, into a healthier lifestyle. And it's also a entertaining way to impress and amaze your friends when you are all off at dinner together.

It simply takes counting calories to another level, it takes all the guess work out of it for you. You no longer have to read all the nutritional facts if you don't want to, just open the app and take a picture of your meal. It will take a few minutes before the app gets back to you with the caloric amount of what you are about to consume though. But for a technology this advanced and helpful, many people are willing to wait.

Meal Snap is a very useful app that is taking the stress out of calorie counting for many people. It has been getting great reviews from critics and consumers alike. You can also create a food diary, by storing all the pictures and being able to visually look at your diet. It might let you know what types of foods you need more or less of in your diet. If you purchase it, you will be amazed like everyone else.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sugar And It's Affects On Our Health

Sugar is a substance that everyone encounters on a daily basis, it is in all types of food. Though it may be small doses, you are still taking in some sugar. New studies have recently shown that sugar is not good for us at all. Eating sugar in excess can lead to diabetes, obesity and even addiction.

Some people are becoming addicted to sugar, whether its in a drink, or in a snack they absolutely feel as if they have to have it. And once addicted to something, it is very difficult to stop. It is simply in everything that we are consuming, jams, jelly, cakes, molasses and even chewing gum. Though there are different types for each particular food product, it is still a major problem.

Though we all do need a little bit of sugar in our bodies on a daily basis, it seems as if product companies are increasing the doses. By increasing the doses, you are simply getting more than what you need. By drinking two glasses of fruit juice you are getting twice as much than recommended. The same goes with eating two cupcakes instead of one, more is not better especially when it comes to your health.

Addiction can arise if someone sees the need to constantly consume a sweet beverage or a sweet food. If you find yourself constantly craving a sweet food or a beverage, then you may have become addicted. It is all in your brain, as people become addicted to drugs, people can become addicted to sugar as well.

If you haven't had any sugar for a few days and you are noticing symptoms of your body not behaving as it usually does, it may be withdrawal. Some studies and research have shown that becoming addicted to sugar, may lead to other substance addictions as well.

If you are obese, then your chance of having diabetes is that much higher. Then if your eating habits don't change then the risk will only increase as well. Try eating more vegetables and less sweet sugary foods, your overall health will thank you for it in the long run.

By eating more fruit with their own natural sweetness, you are reducing the risk of addiction, obesity and diabetes as well. If you feel as if you are craving a cupcake, don't feed into the temptation grab an apple or a banana. Stop drinking as many sodas, and don't buy as many bottled fruit juices. If you make your own juice, you are removing all the sugars and other additives and replacing the nutrients back in the beverage. Only you can change your eating habits so that you will be able to live a long healthy life.

Done in 5 Fitness - Episode 5

Side Lunge - Seated Torso Twist - Reverse Fly

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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